Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Philosophy


Richard Alan Fuhr


Biblical Narrative Criticism


English Language and Literature


The purpose of this study is threefold and involves looking across the disciplines of literary theory and criticism, hermeneutics, exegesis, and theology in the analysis of biblical literature. In the areas of literary theory and criticism this involves looking at poetics, modern linguistic theory, structuralist criticism, mimetic theory, and the elements of narrative storytelling. For hermeneutics we will measure how one might best interpret a story comparing the differences between text-centered, reader-centered, and author-centered approaches. Regarding exegesis we will advance an argument for the adoption of the grammatical-historical method over any other. This will allow us to make a case for the advancement of a new (and hopefully unifying) approach to biblical narrative criticism that attends to the making and meaning of biblical stories by performing both exegesis and literary analysis which will render a better understanding of the theological and ethical teaching and messages of these narratives.

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